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Germany’s interior minister resigns in migration showdown with Merkel

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Germany’s interior minister Horst Seehofer will resign both his office and his position as head of the hardline conservative Bavarian CSU party after a weeks-long confrontation with Chancellor Angela Merkel over migration, party sources told AFP Sunday.

Sunday July 1 was a self-imposed deadline for Seehofer to either accept Merkel’s agreements with other European Union countries to reduce immigration or to defy her by starting to turn away at the border asylum seekers already registered elsewhere.